Pinjarra trainer Brett Pope and connections had reason to celebrate at Ascot today, when their promising 3yo Klondike King ($2.50 fav) recorded a credible “from last” victory in the Westspeed 3YO (BM60+) 1400m.
Languishing at the rear throughout there was cause for concern, but apprentice hoop Lucy Warwick pushed through a needle-eye opening on the turn before storming the Discorsigelding to the line for a dominant one length triumph.
Vital Art ($10.00) battled home well from its handy position to edge out the respected Hellyer ($4.80) by a half-length for the minors.
Pope was pleased with the effort suggesting after the race that Klondike King was “still learning…and might get a bit further”.
It was the second victory for Klondike King having secured a narrow maiden result at Pinjarra in mid-December, before powering home for third (again from last) in its second assignment at Summer racing headquarters. The short back-up (from 27th December) paid dividends for Pope, and the mile trip looks well within reach following today’s result.
It was the only winning ride for Warwick on the day – the leading apprentice putting in a solid run aboard Lucciola for fourth in the Perth Cup, before having to settle for fourth again with Wink And A Nod in the last.